Welcome to the sixth day of the National Health Blog Month Challenge hosted by WEGO Health. Every day during the month of November I will be writing a new blog post related to health and living with a chronic illness based upon given prompts provided by WEGO Health.
Today’s prompt reads:
Say WHAT?! What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve heard about your health condition? Was there any context? What did you think at the time you heard it – and what do you think of it now?
This is a tough prompt relating to my health condition as because it is rare and few people really know about it, then as a result I don’t really hear ridiculous things regarding my illness. So, I had to go back to the thinking board for this one. Then I remember a comment I heard whilst out with my carer. The incident happened a couple of weeks after I started using the wheelchair. This one week we arrived in our local town and decided to go for a drink and so after my carer got the wheelchair out of the boot of the car and set it up, I then got out of the car to get in the chair. To do this, I took a tentative and wobbly steps to the wheelchair, and when we were ready I wheeled myself to the local coffee shop. After ordering, and whilst waiting for the order to be ready, I went to look for a table for us to sit at, and as my carer was still at the counter waiting for our drinks, I began to check my emails, when i heard a conversation between a middle-aged couple at the next table. “Tsk, I saw her outside walking to the wheelchair; she obviously doesn’t need it! She must be lazy!”
I was so shocked and upset that I didn’t say anything to the couple and instead focused on my phone, and then as my carer arrived with our drinks, put a smile on my face and started a conversation. Afterwards, I was very angry – how dare they judge me! How dare they judge a situation that they don’t know and obviously do not understand. It saddens me that judgements regarding disability still hasn’t changed despite the so-called legacy of the Paralympics from last year. I’m not saying however that these judgements are representative of the majority of people, but there are still a minority who assume that just because I am physically able to walk, means that I am not in need of a wheelchair. I am sure they would think very differently, if they had seen me stumble around and legs giving way because of the weakness. Yes, I can physically walk but doing so not only causes great discomfort and pain but am also on edge and waiting for them to give way, so using such an aid not only saves me from endless falls but also allows me to enjoy trips out without the worry of when they are next going to give way.
Have you heard something ridiculous about your health condition> If so, what was it? How did you feel or react? Feel free to comment below…